U.S. Navy, to Showcase Joint Seabasing Exercise
150522-N-BD107-038 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 22, 2015) The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) transit the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Liam Kennedy/Released)
U.S. Navy, to Showcase Joint Seabasing Exercise
By U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs
Media interested in covering Culebra Koa 2015 should contact the Navy Region Hawaii/Naval Surface Group MIDPAC Public Affairs Office by 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, at 808-590-8363. Media representatives will be met at the JBPHH Nimitz Gate Pass & ID parking lot no later than 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, and be transported via helicopter to the USNS Dahl (T-AKR 312), USS Essex (LHD 2), and returned to JBPHH.
PEARL HARBOR - U.S. Navy and Marine Corps expeditionary forces are participating in exercise Culebra Koa 2015 (CK15) in and around the Hawaiian islands today through May 20.

CK15 is a U.S. Pacific Fleet training exercise designed to demonstrate and increase joint proficiency in expeditionary operations. The exercise will also serve as additional training for the USS Essex (LHD 2) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) prior to deployment to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf.

U.S. Navy participants include: U.S. 3rd Fleet, Expeditionary Strike Group 3, Amphibious Squadron 3, Patrol Reconnaissance Wing 2, Naval Beach Group 1, Coastal Riverine Group 1, USS Essex (LHD 2), USS Rushmore (LSD 47), USS Anchorage (LPD 23), USNS Montford Point (MLP 1), USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3), USNS Dahl (T-AKR 312), Commander Patrol Recon Wing 2 (CPRW-2), Maritime Prepositioning Ships Squadron 3(MPSRON 3). U.S. Marine Corps participants include: U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, I Marine Expeditionary Force, III Marine Expeditionary Force, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Marines. Additional participants include: 25th Infantry Division and 8th Theater Sustainment Command from U.S. Army Pacific, U.S. Coast Guard District 13, and 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, 506th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron and 25th Air Support Operations Squadron from Pacific Air Forces.

These units will employ the latest technologies and operational techniques to accomplish CK15 training objectives by demonstrating sea-based rapid build-up of combat power ashore using Maritime Prepositioning Force and Military Sealift Command assets.
Exercises like CK15 provide realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy and Marine Corps.  

For more information on Essex ARG visit: 
www.facebook.com/pages/Commander-Amphibious-Squadron-3/105934056106066

For more information on USS Essex visit:
http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/lhd2/Pages/default.aspx

or follow them on Facebook at:
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For USS Anchorage visit:
http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/lpd23/Pages/default.aspx

or follow them on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/anchoragelpd23

For USS Rushmore visit:
http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/lsd47/Pages/default.aspx

or follow them on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/USS-Rushmore-LSD-47/141204345909345?fref=ts&ref=br_tf
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